What is Microblading?
Microblading eyebrows is a form of semi-permanent makeup that creates natural, beautiful eyebrows with a handheld microblade. It’s perfect for people who have over-plucked or those who want to define, darken or reshape their eyebrows.
Technically, microblading is a form of eyebrow tattooing. But unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading artists apply each hairstroke with a handheld microblade. This produces a very fine line that resembles real hair. Each individual hairstroke is hand drawn by the artist and blended in with the client’s existing eyebrow hair.
Is Microblading For Me?
If you have any of the following you MAY NOT be the best candidate for this service.
Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Unfortunately, since microblading punctures the skin, we cannot work with clients with these conditions.
If you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis.
If you’ve had Juvederm or other fillers in that area.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy. Although microblading is great for restoring eyebrows, we would require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
If you have any kind of skin condition on or near your eyebrows. This includes eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.
Those with oily skin. Those with very oily skin are unfortunately not good candidates for microblading. Those with less oily or combination skin, may consider a microblading plus shading combo.
Those with a dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup. The tattoo or permanent makeup must be light enough for us to draw hair-strokes. We ask anyone with a previous eyebrow tattoo to send us an email with a picture of their eyebrows with no makeup on, so we can evaluate.
Those with allergies to alcohol or numbing agents. If you think you might have an allergy to our ink, numbing cream, or alcohol (which is in the ink), then you may have a reaction to our work.
Clients who have diabetes or any other conditions that thins out their blood.
Is Microblading Painful?
Everyone has different pain tolerances. A highly effective topical anesthetic numbing cream is used before and throughout your procedure to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible.
What to Expect At Your Microblading Appointment
A typical microblading appointment lasts 2 to 3 hours, depending on the artist. A touch up appointment lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the amount of work that needs touching up.
If you have an ideal shape, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. You may fill in your eyebrow as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
Please DO NOT wear makeup on the day of your appointment, you may fill in your eyebrows.
1. Profile the client. First the microblading artist will assess the client’s lifestyle and taste. Do they want something bold or natural? Do they wear makeup every day or just special occasions? What face shape does the client have? This interview will help the artist create the best brows for their client.
2. Draw on the eyebrows. Next the artist will draw the eyebrows directly on the client’s face with an eyebrow pencil. This will be the artist’s guide for the microblading procedure. This also allows the client to see the final look before any permanent work is performed. The artist will ensure that the client is
3. Microblading. Now the artist begins microblading, according to the drawing they’ve agreed upon with the client.
4. Remove the excess ink. Once the microblading is finished, there is lots of extra ink remaining on the client’s face. Except for some redness, the client will be ready to go back out in public, no problem.
5. Photography. All microblading artists photograph their work for many reasons, not the least of which, to have a record of their own art.
Microblading typically requires a second touch up appointment, because all clients’ skin is different and receives the ink differently. It's impossible to accurately predict how a pigment will be affected by a client’s undertones.
After 30 days, the client should come in for a touch up. This appointment can last as little as 30 minutes or as much as two hours, depending on the amount of work needed. They may also reapply any parts of the microbladed brow that may have naturally sloughed off because the artist didn't go deep enough in the skin.
How Long is the Healing Process?
Typically 14 days for external healing and 30 days for complete healing.
Microblading and Pregnancy
Our policy is we do not perform microblading during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. This is the policy for most permanent makeup artists. There is no scientific medical research on tattoo ink and pregnancy, nor is there any research on the ink we use (the ink in microblading is different from tattoo ink).
Before your Appointment
The following restrictions are to ensure your skin is in the best possible condition for a microblading procedure. Please read carefully:
Please do not work out the day of the procedure as the body heat will expands the pores.
It is highly recommended that you avoid sun and tanning bed exposure of 20 days before and after your procedure. If you show up to your appointment with a new tan or sunburn, you will need to reschedule.
Do NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of procedure.
Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen, omega-3, unless medically necessary, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure. (Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay!)
Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure.
If you have been on Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
If you use retinoids or products that contain retinol discontinue use for 2 weeks before the procedure.
The following treatments should be avoided within four weeks of the procedure:
· Botox or other fillers
· Chemical Peels
· Laser treatments
You will be provided with aftercare instructions. These must be followed to ensure the procedure area heals properly.
Please note that the after procedure results are 30-40% darker than natural brows and 10-15% thicker in shape, they can also appear quite harsh and bold this will last 10-14 days during the healing process.
Microblading post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure.
After 5-7 days, make sure your hands are completely clean and gently apply the post-care ointment with clean hands. This can be done once at night time, but be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Please continue to apply the ointment for 7 days.
The following must be avoided during all 14 days post-microblading procedure:
· Increased sweating
· Practicing sports
· Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
· Sun tanning or salon tanning
· UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading
· Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck
· Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment
· Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris
· Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
· Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
· Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.
Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.
Infection or Allergic Reaction:
Consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or allergic reaction.
Report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or any adverse reaction to the Arkansas Department of Health 501-661-2336 locally or 1-800-637-9314.